Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has admitted the club have registered their permanent interest in signing Chelsea loan star Conor Gallagher.
Palace are desperate to turn the 22-year-old’s loan into a permanent deal after a brilliant season at Selhurst Park. After loan spells at Swansea and Charlton, Gallagher signed on loan for West Brom last season. And such were his efforts that Palace secured him on a 12-month loan last summer.
And that has proved to be an inspired piece of business because the midfield has been in inspired form. He has made 36 appearances for Crystal Palace, scoring eight goals and assisting a further five. The Epsom-born star has also been capped three times by England this season.
He also claimed the club’s player of the year award on Tuesday night. And it’s no surprise that Patrick Vieira has instructed the club to do all they can to keep the hard-working midfielder.
Parish said, via The Atheltic: “Conor’s future and that decision lies not with us but with him and Chelsea. They’re the people that have to decide.
“Once they decide what their choice is, they know where we are and what we want. We’re not going to pretend any different but we’ve got to respect them as a football club because he’s their player.
“At the end of the season he goes back to Chelsea and they’ll make their decision. Based on that, we’ll be there and if everybody thinks it’s the right thing for him to come back then we would love it.
“If it doesn’t work out, we wish him all the best as well.”
Speaking to Sky Sports at Tuesday night’s awards, Gallagher gave little away.
Conor Gallagher hails Palace ‘support’
“The support I get from them every game, even here today, is just amazing. It’s a great feeling for me. They’ve made me feel so welcome, and I thank them for that,” said the Chelsea man.
Gallagher, who was not allowed to play against Chelsea in the recent FA Cup semi-final, is wanted back at Stamford Bridge.
Only last month Thomas Tuchel claimed he would be welcomed back.
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Tuchel said: “I believe Conor can be a part of our squad and can play a role with us. But I am not the only one to decide. We need to speak after the season with everybody, speak after the season about what Conor wants, we need to see what the situation is and what role we have for him that he can fight for.”
Parish added that the club would like to sign a new midfielder if they were unable to retain Gallagher on a permanent basis.
“Obviously with Conor, we’ve got to see what we can do there. He’s going back and we’ve got to either replace him or see if we can get him back,” Parish said.
“We’ve got one or two other situations that are well-documented so keeping what we’ve got here is an important thing. Then we’ve got one or two ideas of where we think we can add to make a difference. Give ourselves something different, get even better at keeping the ball and be a bit more damaging when we’ve got it.”